When looking for high-quality fireplace glass doors, it is important to consider the aspects of what makes a fireplace door good. Construction aspects like the sturdiness and visibility of the door are tell-tale signs of a quality door.
Benefits of Fireplace Glass Doors
Historically, fireplaces provide families with warmth, comfort, and a steady flame to cook meals for the day. In this day and age, fireplaces are also used for visual attraction and they are even decorated to make them the center of attention in the home. Some fireplace accessories are created for visual appeal, but they can also be functional and useful. Fireplace doors add a beautiful touch to the home while also ensuring efficiency and safety. Hundreds of energy dollars are lost up the chimney when you don’t have fireplace doors. Fireplace doors help protect your family and your home while also saving you money on electric bills.
What is the purpose of glass doors on a fireplace?
Glass fireplace doors are there for safety. If the glass doors aren’t there, there is a much higher chance of someone getting injured. Even if you don’t have children or pets, you could still run the risk of getting hurt. To ensure that everyone stays safe, it is important to properly install a glass door that is up to standard. This creates an enjoyable and less stressful experience for you and your family.
Do fireplaces need glass doors?
Glass doors help your fire burn better because it protects the fire from blowing out. They enclose the burning area and this lets the firewood burn more and generates more heat. The glass doors help absorb and radiate heat throughout the room much better than a fireplace with no glass doors.
Fireplaces can work effectively without glass doors, however, there are many benefits to having them. Glass doors can help reduce the amount of heat lost up a chimney when closed and can prevent warm air from leaving the house.
Can you replace the glass doors on a fireplace?
Replacing fireplace doors is usually a simple process. Here are some tips for replacing the glass in your fireplace:
Have your fireplace cool for two hours or more. The fireplace doors should not be hot when you touch them.
Wear gloves when you open the doors. If you reach behind the upper corner of the door, you should find pivots at the lintel or at the higher part of the frame. Once you find the thumbscrew, you can loosen it by hand or with pliers.
With one hand, hold the door together and slide the upper edge of the door inside towards the middle of the lintel until the doors are clear. Then, slowly lift them up and out of the framework.
Do the same process on the opposite side.
Next, close the new sets of hinged doors together. You will see the handle or the knob of the innermost door facing out once they are closed. The set of the doors should be angled to fit the pivot pin at the lower edge of the outer door into the hole at the lower frame.
Move the upper edge of the set in the direction of the side open. Line up the edge of the outer door with the framework and reach up behind the outer door to tighten up the thumbscrew until it’s tight.
Repeat this process on every door.
Close the doors and make sure that the seams come together in the middle of the lintel. The seam should be about ⅛ inch wide when the doors are fully closed and tightened correctly.
At Watson’s, we offer fireplace glass doors for gas burning, wood burning, and other types of fireplaces. Our fireplace glass doors fuse style and safety to create the perfect accent to your fireplace. Call us today and learn about our fireplace glass door options!
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